Sargassum report for Mahahual, Mexico, April 20, 2016

There currently are not any big piles of sargassum lining the shoreline and and clogging up the waters at the beaches in Mahahual. I have seen a few small clumps here and there -but it looks rather natural. After all, sargassum has always been around. It’s only been in recent years that it’s been a scourge to Caribbean beaches, hurting businesses and altering vacations.

But here is a typical day recently in Mahahual:

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A few days ago, there were some thimble jellyfish in the water. Millions of them. If you look closely at the photo above, you see small brown dots in the water. That’s them. I had no idea what they were. I went into the water up to my knees and studied them.

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My spouse aided my investigation. They seemed to avoid us.

Apparently, they do no harm. It’s their offspring, practically invisible, that you want to avoid. The larvae can cause a red, itchy rash, commonly called sea bather’s eruption, or “sea lice.”

Thimble jellyfish are common around Florida, and the state has this guide sheet for treatment and prevention (pages six and seven are helpful).

Thimble jellyfish were around the beach and shoreline here in Mahahual for a couple of days, but now they are gone. I was never stung. I heard from the grapevine about a few people who were stung, but I didn’t see it. I hid from the sun those days inside, or in full shade on the rooftop where we are living.

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Bottom line: Mahahual looks great right now. And there hasn’t been a cruise ship here in several days – but tomorrow that changes with the arrival of thousands of people on vacation. So the little bit of natural seaweed will be cleaned off the beach.

Welcome to Mahahual. You’ll love it here!

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